Ameren

Ameren / Lawsuit
5:29 pm
Wed July 13, 2011

Lawsuit filed against Ameren by St. Louis County plumbing company

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A St. Louis County plumbing contractor has filed a lawsuit against the utility company Ameren. The suit alleges the plumbing company lost its contract because it repeatedly informed Ameren of environmental, health, and safety violations.

According to the lawsuit, those violations ranged from failing to fix broken plumbing systems to illegally discharging oil to soils and sewers.

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Ameren Rate Increase
2:47 pm
Wed July 13, 2011

Mo. regulators OK $172M rate increase for Ameren

A closer look inside a light bulb.
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Missouri regulators have approved a $172 million increase in electric rates for Ameren Missouri, but the company won't be permitted to recover costs it sought to rebuild the Taum Sauk reservoir.

The Public Service Commission approved the increase Wednesday on a 5-0 vote. It takes effect in August and is expected to raise the average residential bill about $8 a month.

St. Louis-based Ameren Missouri is the state's largest electric utility with about 1.2 million customers, mostly in eastern and central Missouri.

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Morning round-up
9:22 am
Thu July 7, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, July 7, 2011

Ameren’s 2,400-megawatt plant near Labadie, Mo. is the state’s largest coal-fired power plant.
(Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)

Ameren's plan to dump coal waste moves forward

Ameren’s plan for a coal waste dump in an eastern Missouri floodway  has moved a step forward.

Ameren operates a power plant along the Missouri River in the Franklin County town of Labadie and dumps coal ash into two ponds. Those ponds are near capacity and Ameren wants to fill the river bottom with coal waste and surround it with a 20-foot-tall levee.  

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Ameren / Coal Ash
5:36 pm
Tue July 5, 2011

Work session on coal ash landfill issue in Franklin County tomorrow

Ameren’s 2,400-megawatt plant near Labadie, Mo. is the state’s largest coal-fired power plant.
(Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)

The Board of Commissioners of Franklin County will discuss controversial changes to its zoning ordinance tomorrow.

Up for approval is permit language allowing the utility company AmerenUE to build a coal ash landfill next to its plant in Labadie, Mo.

Patricia Shuban is the Director of the Labadie Environmental Organization, which opposes any rule that would allow Ameren to store toxic substances in the Missouri River floodplain.

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Wind Power
4:56 pm
Thu June 23, 2011

Missouri lagging behind neighbors in wind economy

(via Flickr/Erik Abderhalden)

In a 2008 speech Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius referred to her state as the “Saudi Arabia of Wind,” and that statement came along with plans to produce 10 percent of the state’s energy from wind by the end of the year.

That was also the year Missouri voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition C, a referendum designed to expand and grow the use of renewable energy here.  But two-and-a-half years later most of the regulations contained in Prop C have yet to go into effect.

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Morning round-up
9:12 am
Tue May 24, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, May 24, 2011

President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon, during Obama's visit to Dublin May 23. The President and Gov. Nixon discussed the deadly tornado that touched down in Joplin, Mo., Sunday night. Obama will visit Joplin May 29.
(Official White House

Obama to Visit Joplin

Speaking from London, President Barack Obama says he plans to travel to Missouri on Sunday to meet with victims of the "devastating and heartbreaking" tornadoes that hit the state this weekend.

The president says he wants Midwesterners whose lives were disrupted by the deadly storms to be assured that the federal government will use all resources possible to help them recover and rebuild. Obama spoke in London, the second stop on his four-country, six-day tour of Europe. The president is due back in Washington Saturday night.

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Ameren earnings
11:33 am
Thu May 5, 2011

Ameren, Build-A-Bear report lower first-quarter earnings

Ameren Missouri crews try to sort through downed wires and poles in Richmond Heights following a February storm. Storm-related expenses contributed to lower first-quarter earnings for the company.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Two St. Louis-based companies are reporting lower earnings for the first quarter of this year compared to the same period last year.

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Ameren / Coal Ash
5:26 pm
Thu April 21, 2011

Ameren fields shareholder questions on impact of coal ash

Ameren’s 2,400-megawatt plant near Labadie, Mo. is the state’s largest coal-fired power plant. (Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)
(Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)

Officials at Ameren took questions from shareholders about the utility company's procedures for disposing of coal ash today.

The annual shareholder's meeting was open to all Ameren investors.

Diana Oleskevich works for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.  The sisters are part of a group of five institutional investors calling on Ameren to clean up their coal ash disposal procedures.

Oleskevich says Ameren's claim that its 35 coal ash storage ponds comply with current regulations does not satisfy her concerns.

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MO Statehouse
7:39 pm
Tue April 19, 2011

Nuclear site permit may be dead for 2011

Ameren Missouri's Callaway Nuclear plant
Ameren Missouri

Legislation that would allow Missouri utility customers to be billed for a site permit for a second nuclear reactor may be dead for the session.

The measure had recently been added to a separate bill dealing with utility deposits and the Office of Public Counsel.

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Morning round-up
6:32 am
Mon April 18, 2011

Morning headlines: Monday, April 18, 2011

Metro East residents will get to voice their opinion today about redrawing state and federal legislative districts in Illinois
(via Flickr/Mark and Allegra)

IL residents can weigh in on redistricting

Residents of the Metro East will have an opportunity to voice their opinions today on how state lawmakers should redraw Illinois'  Congressional and state legislative districts.

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